Parth Galen - Film Location for Isengard, Lothlorien and Amon Hen: Lord of the Rings Trilogy

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Comments (10)

bdeh on June 2, 2011

I haven't seen the pictures Ian, but the landscape is beautiful. Greetings Berend

Gerard Maas on June 2, 2011

Very nice picture, Ian! like

Ian Stehbens on June 2, 2011

You will have to find a theatre now, Berend just to watch how they used NZ landscapes to perfection! Tolkein and New Zealand have come together brilliantly.


Ian Stehbens on June 2, 2011

Thank you, very much Gerard. The peaks, and the trees are both very distinctive.


jeff_msn123 on June 2, 2011

Beautiful landscape. Wonderful shot. LIKE

Cheers, Jeff

Ian Stehbens on June 3, 2011

Dear Jeff,

I found this beautiful place devoid of people, and together with the twisted forms of the gnarled trees this gave it an air of mystery.

Thanks for the appreciation.

Cheers from Brisbane,


ƤōƝƓ on June 4, 2011

Hi Ian,

I have heard that the beautiful grasslands of NZ were man-made?! They said NZ pioneers had to "grind" the hard rocky volcanic soil to turn the land into pasture. To what extent is it true?


Regards, ah-p☺ng

Ian Stehbens on June 5, 2011

Dear Ah-Pong,

I have no idea what element of truth this idea was built on. But New Zealand has large areas of wonderful alluvial soil, areas of glacial moraines and outwash clays, sands and gravels, areas of loess, as well as weathered volcanic soils. So for the rock legend, I guess it applied to some community somewhere, but I don't know of this.

As for this place of beauty, it is good grazing land.



The Man in the Maze™ on June 15, 2011

Golden star in my favourites - the grass gives a wonderful 'soft' green effect to the beautiful landscape. I like the way in which you included the dead tree branch and the shadow of the tree. I can see you love nature and animals from your gallery.

Ian Stehbens on June 18, 2011

Hi Victor,

Yes you are right, I do love the landscapes that abound in beauty and I seek to understand the ecosystem when I am there. This occasion of my photographic visit to this area was particularly special because of the very pleasant weather - there are times here when it is rather wet and woolly!

Thanks for the compliments and award. I am very pleased.

Warm regards,


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